Steamboat girls club lacrosse gets win

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— When it finally found a team with a similar level of experience, it thrived.

The Steamboat Girls Lacrosse program — a separate entity featuring most of the same players from the high school team that just wrapped up its season last weekend — played a series of scrimmages Saturday in Steamboat against a pair of Wyoming teams.

After a long high school season brought a lot of lessons but no wins, the club squad beat a team from Laramie, Wyo., 13-0, on Saturday morning.

Aleigh Aurin poured in five goals. Nikki Fry had four and Megan Garcia, Hannah Samlowski and Jessie Wallace each had one. Aurin also had three assists and Samlowski, Sara Pugh, McKenzie Repollo and Dani Flax all had one.

The Steamboat Girls Lacrosse team then beat a team from Cheyenne, as well, winning 16-6.

Aurin again came up big, scoring five more goals. Fry had three, Courtney Reynolds and Jessie Wallace had two, Hannah Hartley, Sara Pugh, Teagann Yeager and Haleigh Aurin all scored once. Aurin, Fry and Emily Spiess all had two assists while Hartley and Beck Brown each had one.

Sam Trahan ended the day with eight saves playing goalie through parts of two games. Pugh had three in one game.

“By far the best part of both games was improved passing,” coach Betsy Frick said about her team, which had six players score and five players notch assists. “That’s the first Steamboat girls lacrosse game this year where more than half of our goals were assisted, which indicates the attack was working together and looking for the open player to shoot.”

As there are only two lacrosse teams in the entire state, there currently is no Wyoming high school league, so Steamboat couldn’t play either team in an official school sense. The scrimmage provided valuable experience for the young, growing programs on both side of the border.

Another scrimmage between younger girls from Steamboat and Wyoming wrapped the day up.

“The primary goal was to get as many players game experience and to improve the level of girls lacrosse played in northwest Colorado and Wyoming,” Frick said. “It was a huge success.”

The lacrosse season will continue for Steamboat girls in the way of a weekly camp and two one-week morning camps for rising fourth- through 12th-graders. For more information on those events, call Frick at 970-819-8354 or email her at betsyk1@q.com.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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